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The $5 School Cake…

Posted by Les Becker on November 26, 2010 in The Landlady |
Chocolate

When Ruby was a young girl, her school in Northland had a fair once a year, in the spring. It offered the usual school fair “stuff” of the era; games of chance, 4H projects, etc., and students could show off (and sell) their needlework and baked goods. One year, Ruby won a needlepoint contest – […]

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The Bear Hunter

Posted by Les Becker on December 21, 2008 in The Father Chronicles |
Bear Claw

I found this bear claw in a box full of little trinkets and treasures in my father’s closet nearly a year ago. It was in the same box with his pocket watch, along with some other neat stuff. This was during my Walk-About days, when I would hoof it all the way across town once […]

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Sometimes, Wishing is Enough…

Posted by Les Becker on November 27, 2008 in J.O.B., Zenishness... |

My boss called me today. Asked me to come in to work to “have a little talk.” Scared the shit out of me. I LOVE my job. I want to keep my job. The only thing I don’t like about my job is my seeming inability to negotiate gracefully between day shifts and night shifts, […]

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Where’s the “Beech”?!

Posted by Les Becker on July 2, 2008 in The Landlady |

Parade Girl – 1956 It didn’t show up in the photo, so Ruby’s sister, who took the original picture back in 1956, wrote what the sign said with a ball-point pen, on the copy she made for Ruby. Yes, that’s Ruby with the mask, goggle eyes and bathing suit. Ummm. Yeah. That’s a bathing suit. […]

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You Want Fries with that Burger…?

Posted by Les Becker on February 20, 2008 in Little Bits of Stupid |

Ain’t I Angelic… “looking”? Ah, yes, appearances can be deceiving, though, can’t they? The dog knows differently, you can tell by the look on her face. This picture was taken by my father in 1971. I would have been around 5 at the time. The dog (her name was Goldie), was 4, and I think […]

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Work Boots ‘n Dancin’ Shoes

Posted by Les Becker on January 16, 2008 in The Landlady |

Elle, from Maxwell the Tattooed Boy and Other Astounding Joys, wrote about her grandmother in a post yesterday. Her Grandma was a Flapper in the Roaring Twenties, a time that fascinates me (I’m in – okay, mostly out of, lately – the midst of a novelish-type project about those days).Suzi wondered in Elle’s comments what […]

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Mish-Mash

Posted by Les Becker on January 5, 2008 in Oh Mother...!, Photography, The Landlady |

The Little Red Shoes sit in my mother’s Etagiere, if I spelled that correctly. Elle? Wanna let me know, Betch?! My mom calls it a “What-Not”. I think it’s because it’s to display all your knick-knacks and what-not in. Anyway, that’s where the Little Red Shoes are, when they’re not in the bathtub, with me […]

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The Waitress, the Whiskey, and the Handcuffs – Part III

Posted by Les Becker on June 17, 2007 in Gift Shop, Short Fiction, Stories |
The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs

The Waitress, the Whiskey & the HandcuffsPart 1 of The Ruby Chronicles Ruby Daniel is a 30-something widow trying to get by in a small backwoods Northern town in the 1950’s. Her chicken farm is failing, and she takes a weekend job as a barmaid at an illegal drinking establishment run by a crooked police […]

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The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs: Part I – The Waitress

Posted by Les Becker on June 3, 2007 in Book Mentions, Short Fiction, The Waitress the Whiskey & the Handcuffs |
The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs

The Waitress, the Whiskey & the HandcuffsPart 1 of The Ruby Chronicles Ruby Daniel is a 30-something widow trying to get by in a small backwoods Northern town in the 1950’s. Her chicken farm is failing, and she takes a weekend job as a barmaid at an illegal drinking establishment run by a crooked police […]

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